Saturday, June 11, 2016

Trump Clinches Nomination, The Revolution Has Begun


by Jeff Crouere, ©2016, writing and broadcasting at Ringside Politics
(Jun. 10, 2016) — After his victories on Tuesday, Donald Trump has accumulated more primary votes than any other GOP presidential candidate in history. With 13.4 million votes in this election cycle, Trump garnered over 3 million more than Mitt Romney in 2012 and 1.4 million more than the previous record holder, George W. Bush, in 2000. What is truly astounding is that he did it against 16 opponents, most fully aligned with the party establishment.
In his campaign for the nomination, Trump won 36 states and accrued 1,542 delegates, more than 300 over the total needed to become the Republican standard bearer. His nearest competitor, Sen. Ted Cruz, has only 559 delegates, barely one-third Trump’s total.
His victory was even more amazing considering the fact that he spent very little of his own money, but had to withstand malicious attacks by his opponents. According to Joshua Green of Bloomberg News, Trump was targeted by $62 million in attack ads during the primary season. This level of negative campaign advertising is unprecedented in a presidential primary campaign and far exceeds the total amount spent in the 2012 campaign.
Over the past year, Trump has also faced almost monolithic opposition from Republican Party and congressional leaders. In fact, it took several meetings and Trump surpassing the delegate totals needed for victory for House Speaker Paul Ryan to issue a very lukewarm endorsement of the presumptive nominee.  The tepid support did not last long, for Ryan followed that up this week with a vicious denunciation of Trump as a racist because of his complaints about federal district court Judge Gonzalo Curiel.

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